- A voice for local children
There are lots of good people living out here, many of whom put a great deal of time and effort into helping those less fortunate in the local community. Indeed without the efforts of the many expats there would be far more people going without in this small part of Spain that many of us call home.
One who puts in rather more effort than most is local entertainer Stevie Spit, who, along with colleagues across the Costa Blanca, has raised many thousands of euros for a whole range of very worthwhile causes.
Last year, one of Stevie Spit’s major successes in his increasingly busy fund raising programme, was the ‘Summer shoe appeal’ which, with the support of HELP at Home Costa Blanca, enabled him to hand over 100 brand new pairs of shoes to the children at the Elche Children’s Home, and San Jose Obrero Orphanage, in Orihuela.
Stevie said that the Director’s of the two orphanages were absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of the expat community.
For Stevie’s latest appeal, which he is running with Eileen Gleave, the commodity has changed from shoes to mattresses whereby the local personality is hoping to donate, a single mattress to each of the children, in total 100 of them, one for each of the children at both of the homes.
Stevie said “The two orphanages have some of the most vulnerable children that we care for – those who are abandoned, unwanted, and who have suffered rejection, so the very least we can do for them is to show them that we care.”
If we Stevie and Eileen are to fund a new single mattress for every child, the project will cost them somewhere in the region of 7,000 euro.”
Stevie said “I appreciate that such a large amount will take us some time to realise but with 2,800 euro already in the kitty we have got off to a very good start. This has allowed us to make an initial purchase of 24 mattresses which need to be provided in advance of the rest, and which will be presented at a fundraising event to be held in Villamartin Plaza on Sunday 1st April.”
As always the Easter Sunday event is bound to be a blockbuster and assisted by both Eileen and Casey Shaddock, along with the services of many of the Costa Blanca’s very best entertainers, a large portion of the funding is sure to be achieved.
However, if you would like to help the Costa Blanca’s most dedicated fundraiser with his Mattress Appeal you can do so either in Villamartin on Easter Sunday or at any of his events where donation tins will be readily available. You will also be able to find donation tins at the Emerald Isle, The Celtic Isle, Captain Morgan’s Bar, Yolo’s, The Quiet Man in La Zenia Village and The Avenue Bar at Lomas de Cabo Roig.